DT Swiss XMM Twin Shot suspension fork review£799.99

Light and tight

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Distinctively European in feel, the DT Swiss XMM is still a valid option for riders after a light, very tight tracking, lockdown-equipped fork and prepared to spend time tuning around its narrow sweet spot.

It’s definitely light for the 150mm category, but distinctive rear braced lower legs and DT’s proprietary RWS screw-through 15mm axle give it outstanding steering stiffness. The black coated legs are also very slippery for potential plushness and stroke sensitivity. 

We say "potential" because finding a balance between the deliberately firm initial breakaway threshold of the Twin Shot damper and it rushing deep into the stroke at any opportunity takes real tuning patience. The rebound can also be very fast and erratic unless you get it dialled exactly right. We’ve had mixed reliability results from DT forks too, meaning they’re definitely not fit-and-forget.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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